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"With a sound best described as Belle & Sebastian meets Stereolab with heavy doses of Joni Mitchell and Donovan thrown in for good measure, Beam is first and foremost a vessel for the beautiful French drawl of singer-songwriter Helene Renaut. Though the group’s other three members give Beam a haunting atmosphere that is impeccably suited for the cathartic lyrical content, the main focus of this album — its real source of appeal — comes straight from Helene herself. Her thick accent adds an irresistible charm to every last one of these songs, never feeling like a tired or overemphasised shtick. The music sometimes boarders on twee, and though it results in some of the album’s best songs, like the chamber pop bounce of "California Cradled You” or the breezy "Les Anges n’ont pas d’Aisles” (the only track sung entirely in her native French), there is a much stronger focus on dark psychedelic pop that drives the album and gives it its real weight." Scott Reid, Exclaim CA

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released October 21, 2003

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Hélène Renaut Los Angeles, California

'Imagine Syd Barrett and Françoise Hardy having a musical baby'- West Coast Folk's best kept secret, Hélène Renaut's French psych-folk explores that improbable territory where Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, and 60s girl groups would be having a party while Brahms is conducting a quartet in the other room. "Renaut’s voice is more unique and bewitching than her contemporaries or influences." (Eric Shea) ... more

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Track Name: Les Anges N'Ont Pas D'Ailes
Ça commence avec un rêve,
Il n'y a pas de fin
Les bouquets d'asphodèles
Ont trouvé un refrain

Derrière la colline
Tout près de l'eau dormante
Où des routes étranges
Ont trouvé un parfum

Les anges, les anges n'ont pas d'ailes
Il s'accrochent, se décrochent à ma main
La lumière, les déserts les réveillent
Comme la mer, bleu liquide, presque rien

Bleu
Liquide
Presque rien
La nuit est limpide
Dormez, mes marins

Je finirai par me taire,
Ça n'est pas un destin
De renverser les règles,
Pour trébucher sans fin

Mais qui sait les naufrages
Pourront peut-être encore
Un matin de printemps
Détourner un chemin

Les anges, les anges n'ont pas d'ailes
Il s'accrochent, se décrochent à ma main
La lumière, les déserts les réveillent
Comme la mer, bleu liquide, presque rien

Tout
À coup
Tout est bleu
La nuit est solide
Dormez, mes marins

Tout
À coup
Tout est bleu, et sans fin
Tout va mieux, presque rien

Les anges, les anges n'ont pas d'ailes
Il s'accrochent, se décrochent à ma main
La lumière, les déserts les réveillent
Comme la mer, bleu liquide, presque rien
Track Name: California Cradled You
And all the things I love
Are hidden behind you
The mountains they become
Sometimes are shading you

And all the skies I lost
Reflect you both
There's someone
Hiding behind you

And everything I lost is written over you
But all the things I love
Are you

Bonfires and stuff
California cradled you


Watch all the skies I lost
Hovering around you
Tell me if I become
Something that's shading you

But everything I lost
could be revoked
Forgiven or
Hidden behind you

And everything I dreamt was all a part of you
The skies, mountains and stuff
Are you


Everything I lost
Is to be loved
No matter how
I become

Lost and small and ghost again

Show me worlds I've never hear


Her stars, mountains and stuff
Have been sheltering you
The skies, moons on the rise
Are you

California cradled you
California
Cradled
You
Track Name: Circles
I could write a song about the seaweed or
The way geese carve crazy patterns with their feet
Or else
I'd ask you 'bout your life, is it
Drawing crazy circles, just like
Mine
Drawing circles
And cycles

'Cause then I look around the fire
And when I find that you're not there
Oh, gosh
Where was that arrow
Pointing again?

I could try to forget all about you,
Bury some memories and
Find somebody new
Or else
I'd ask you would you like to be
Drawing crazy circles all 'round
Mine
Drawing circles
And cycles

'Cause then I look around the fire
And when I find that you're not there
Oh, gosh
Where was that arrow
Pointing again?

Circles
Cycles

Where was that arrow
Pointing again?
Track Name: Crazy Eyes
Crazy eyes
Follow me around, keep me in that not so real realm
Of lines
Take your glide
Crazy smile
Follow me around, keep me in that oh so real realm
Of ties
All for some rhymes

Gone the rowing, roaming,
Skies don't look too happy tonight
All those miles
Apart


Crazy eyes
Taken by the storm, I hear little whispers twirl in
The sun
Blows my mind
Crazy eyes
The next time around, weave my dreams and I'll steal whole streams
Of time
Here come the rhymes


Gone the rowing, roaming,
Skies don't look too happy tonight
All those miles
Apart

Show me your reward

There's hurly-burly covering
That long-forgotten, far fetched
Dream of mine
Track Name: We Look At The Sun
I'm blind, I broke my glasses on the vine, and you won't
See me, counting colors and pebbles bright
If you deceive me
All my dreams come true, and show me how
The waters follow through

If you deceive me

You'll find, I don't put my name on the line, and if you
Trick me, I'll watch butterflies pass me by,
So please believe me
Cause all my dreams come true, and show me how
The waters follow through

And we look at the sun
We don't let go
We question the sides
We catch the fire in their eyes
We don't let go
We catch the fire in their eyes

You're blind, I put my glasses on the line that he can't
Catch me, from dream to dream, from sign to sign,
Better pass me by
Cause all my dreams come true, and show me how
The waters follow through

And we look at the sun
We don't let go
We question the sides
We catch the fire in their eyes
We don't let go
We catch the fire in their eyes

We catch the fire in their eyes
Track Name: Regrets
I went on a trip
In m own country
My mother was standing there
In the very
Beginning
Of my favorite path
Begging for company
But never letting me pass

Regrets
I'll pledge over time, over
You
Remembering things long overdue
Let's miss that freeway again
While
Trains, cars roll over time, over
You
Remember, discover your way through
Regrets
I'll pledge over time, over you,
Over


I went for the ditch
Dug it all out and ran
But I saw you standing there
A forest
Or a crowd
Green around your head
I should have asked for company
But I'd forgotten how

Regrets
I'll pledge over time, over
You
Remembering things long overdue
Let's miss that freeway again
While
Trains, cars roll over time, over
You
Remember, discover your way through
Regrets
I'll pledge over time, over you,
Over

If I reach again
For the bottle
Will you hear my
Golden pain
I'll get ink over
My ten fingers
Before I let it unsaid

Regrets
I'll pledge over time, over
You
Remembering things long overdue
Let's miss that freeway again
While
Trains, cars roll over time, over
You
Remember, discover your way through
Regrets
I'll pledge over time, over you,
Over
Track Name: Sweet Blue Thing
Looked into my dreams,
I found some reflections of you
Your arms, your skin, your breeze
Long forgotten feelings
Buried with you,
Sweet Blue Thing

And I
Never had you
But you
Never had me
How can that be?
Sweet Blue Thing
The streets are falling under me

Squatting and crawling,
You try to throw your arms at me
But I can never reach
Webs of gentle blessings
Untangled you
Sweet Blue Thing

And I never dared once
Imagine you
But you can't even
Listen to me
It's all on me
Sweet Blue Thing
Gotta keep the child inside me

And I
Never had you
But you
Never had me
How can that be?
Sweet Blue Thing
Gotta keep the child inside me
Gotta keep the child i
Track Name: Higher Than The Grass
If I could, only,
Take that scar out of the past
And hold it to the light
Then maybe, could I
Find a way to fly so high
That mountains woudn't mind

I've seen the world collapse blind
Held off colors that weren't that worthwhile, so
Take
Me
Higher than the grass and
Show
Me
Fires of the past as
Damps as my
Eyes before they sleep

If I could, only
Take that star out of your eye
And rest it for a while
Then maybe, would I
Take a leap out of your amrs
And land there upside down

I've seen the world collapse blind
Held on flowers that were to go wild
I've heard the winds tell me to get high
Sailed out to sea to find I was blind, so
Take
Me
Higher than the grass and
Show
Me
Fires of the past as
Damps as my
Eyes before they sleep

I've seen the world collapse blind
Held off colors that weren't that worthwhile
I've heard the winds tell me to get high
Held on flowers that were to go wild
Track Name: Jet Lagged
I don't know what way they said it should go
So light the windows high
A snap of time, bewildered and mild
Has crept through the blinds

It's just like a plane
Wake the nights and thread the days
Things you can't explain
Count your dreams and dream the days
Peel your skin and fade away
Things you can't explain
Tender box of rain

Try to find a place to sit and deam
Hazy and not exactly sure
Which language to use
There's not enough water for your steps
To be washed by
Watch the banks grow smaller if they can

Four nights of an open, hungry window
That's what I'm gonna know
Four days of endless forgetful talk
Angels lying low

And it's just like a dream
Count the days and dream the winds
Long forgotten sins
Scattered magic in the wind
Voices lost behind a tree
Long forgotten sins
Tender box of pins

Try to find a place to sit and deam
Hazy and not exactly sure
Which language to use
There's not enough water for your steps
To be washed by
Watch the banks grow smaller if they can
Track Name: You Rock Me Once
Wait
It's the beginning of times
I've heard shadows lurking around
They say my head's been up and down
That alley where birds used to sigh

And you
Your burden's gotten shapes and crowns
Mirrors
And little ways to pass the night
Don't try so hard
Even sorrows die
&
You rock me once and
You rock me twice, my
Concentration's already gone and
You rock me once but
I'll tell you twice


Wait
I've let go of some ties
Welcome new ones, been off my guard
Remember how we used to think
Life was a leaf the breeze blows by

Listen
To the sailors calling from behind
Whisper
Of blazing suns, forgotten skies
Quit sitting down
Wings are made to fly
&
You rock me once and
You rock me twice, my
Resolutions are blown and dried and
You rock me once but
I'll tell you twice


You rock me once and
You rock me twice, my
Concentration's already gone and
You rock me once but
I'll love you twice